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Encyclopedia > Casualty (television)
Filming for Casualty at a school in Yate near Bristol. The actress on the right is Susan Cookson (Maggie Coldwell in the series) who joined the cast on 29th January 2005. The four males are crew
Filming for Casualty at a school in Yate near Bristol. The actress on the right is Susan Cookson (Maggie Coldwell in the series) who joined the cast on 29th January 2005. The four males are crew
Susan Cookson (Maggie Coldwell) during filming
Susan Cookson (Maggie Coldwell) during filming

Casualty is a long-running BBC television drama serial, first broadcast in 1986 and transmitted on BBC One. It was devised by Jeremy Brock and Paul Unwin. It is based in and around the fictional Holby City Hospital, situated in Holby, a fictional city bearing a close resemblance to Bristol, where the show is filmed. Bristol landmarks, including the docks and the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, are regularly glimpsed in the outdoor scenes. The exterior shots of the hospital itself were formerly filmed at the city's technical college, but are now shot on a small industrial estate, not far from the interior set of the hospital itself. Download high resolution version (1500x1233, 327 KB) Filming for Casualty at a school in Yate near Bristol. ... Download high resolution version (1500x1233, 327 KB) Filming for Casualty at a school in Yate near Bristol. ... Download high resolution version (1144x1425, 223 KB) Susan Cookson (Maggie Coldwell in the series). ... Download high resolution version (1144x1425, 223 KB) Susan Cookson (Maggie Coldwell in the series). ... Corporate logo of the British Broadcasting Corporation The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the national public service broadcaster of the United Kingdom (see British television). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Serial is a term, originating in literature, for a format by which a story is told in contiguous installments in sequential issues of a single periodical publication. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... BBC One (or BBC1 as it was formerly styled) is the oldest television station in the world. ... A physician visiting the sick in a hospital. ... Bristol is a unitary authority with city and ceremonial county status in South West England. ... The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Avon Gorge and linking Clifton in Bristol to Leigh Woods in North Somerset. ...


The drama is mainly concerned with a group of doctors, nurses and administrators who work in the Accident & Emergency department. At the centre of the action is Nurse Manager Charlie Fairhead (played by Derek Thompson), a dedicated and caring man frequently at odds with the demands of hospital management. This has been a recurring theme over the years, but especially in the early series, which were frequently criticised for endorsing criticisms of National Health Service management under the Conservative government of the day. Charlie Fairhead is the only original character left in the long-running TV Series Casualty. Over the last twenty years Charlie has served as the hospitals Nurse Manager. ... Derek Thompson (born on April 4, 1948) is a Belfast, Northern Ireland-born British television actor, most notable for playing Charlie Fairhead in the long running series Casualty. ... The logo of the NHS for England. ... The Conservative Party is the largest political party on the right-of-centre in the United Kingdom. ...


The programme has traditionally been transmitted on Saturday nights, although for a period in the late 1980s it switched to Fridays. Since the early 2000s, popularity of the show forced a switch from a traditional seasonal format to almost year-round production and transmission. During the 18th series, the run was artificially extended with Casualty being relaced in the schedule for several weeks. The 18th series had 47 episodes, but the break between the 18th & 19th series was only 1 week. A spin-off show, Holby City, shows life elsewhere in the same hospital. Due to the large number of episodes, some viewers have felt the storylines are becoming increasingly repetitive and predictable, although it remains one of the most watched television shows. The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ... Saddam Hussein shortly after his capture Major controversy over U. S. presidential election (November 7-December 13, 2000) September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on New Yorks World Trade Center and Virginias Pentagon killing almost 3000 people. ... Holby City is a medical drama television serial broadcast on BBC1 in the United Kingdom. ...


In December 2004, a 2-part special Casualty @ Holby City was broadcast, with the two shows combining to cope with a petrol tanker crashing into the Hospital. Most of the filming was done on Holby City's interior & exterior sets, as Casualty is filmed in Bristol, whereas Holby City is shot at the BBC Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire. A second special (with the same name, but shot in Bristol) was broadcast in August 2005 to promote organ donation; viewers were asked to choose between two patients waiting for a heart transplant. Bristol is a unitary authority with city and ceremonial county status in South West England. ... Organ donation is the removal of specific tissues of the human body from a person who has recently died, or from a living donor, for the purpose of transplanting them into other persons. ...


In order to draw more viewers over Bank Holidays, Christmas etc, two-part specials are shown, where the first hour is the build-up to some major accident eg, train crash, nuclear waste spill, lorry explosion etc, which inevitably stretches the hospital to the limit and results in multiple deaths and injuries.

Contents


Deaths

Here is a list of every regular character's death in the show's history. Notice that in recent years the amount of deaths has risen dramatically.

  • Series 2 - Sandra Mute (stabbed)
  • Series 3 - Ewart Plimmer (heart attack)
  • Series 6 - Kelly (suicide)
  • Series 11 - Trevor (falls to death)
  • Series 15 - Andrew (pushed to death), Tom (falls to death)
  • Series 16 - Rachel (fatal mugging), Patrick (motorway crash), Eddie (transplant op)
  • Series 17 - Jeff (heart attack), Beth (car crash), Jack (boat explosion), Anna (train crash)
  • Series 18 - Baz (car crash), Simon (plane crash), Fin (murdered)
  • Series 19 - Jim (hospital fire), Claire Guildford (drowns, suicide)
  • Casualty@Holby Christmas 2005 - Woody (Chlorine poisoning)

Sandra Mute was one of the original characters in the BBC show Casualty. ... Ewart Plimmer was one of the original characters in the BBC series Casualty. ...

Current cast

Harry Harper is a Consultant in the BBC drama Casualty. ... Emergency medicine is a branch of medicine that is practiced in a hospital emergency department, in the field (in a modified form; see EMS), and other locations where initial medical treatment of illness takes place. ... A specialist registrar is a doctor in the United Kingdom who is receiving advanced training in a specialist field of medicine in order to eventually become a consultant. ... Emergency medicine is a branch of medicine that is practiced in a hospital emergency department, in the field (in a modified form; see EMS), and other locations where initial medical treatment of illness takes place. ... A consultant (from the latin consultus meaning legal expert) is a professional who provides expert advice in a particular domain or area of expertise such as accountancy, technology, the law, human resources, marketing, medicine, finance, public affairs, communication, or more esoteric areas of knowledge, for example engineering of different kinds... Neurology is a branch of medicine dealing with the nervous system and its disorders. ... A senior house officer is a doctor undergoing specialist training in the United Kingdom. ... Charlie Fairhead is the only original character left in the long-running TV Series Casualty. Over the last twenty years Charlie has served as the hospitals Nurse Manager. ... A nurse is a health care professional who is engaged in the practice of nursing. ... A nurse is a health care professional who is engaged in the practice of nursing. ... A nurse is a health care professional who is engaged in the practice of nursing. ... A nurse is a health care professional who is engaged in the practice of nursing. ... A nurse is a health care professional who is engaged in the practice of nursing. ... A nurse is a health care professional who is engaged in the practice of nursing. ... Josh Griffiths is a paramedic in the BBC hospital drama Casualty. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A receptionist is an office/administrative support position. ...

Original cast members

  • Ewart Plimmer - Bernard Gallagher
  • Baz Samuels - Julia Watson
  • Charlie Fairhead - Derek Thompson
  • Megan Roach - Brenda Fricker
  • Clive King - George Harris
  • Lisa "Duffy" Duffin - Cathy Shipton
  • Sandra Mute - Lisa Bowerman
  • Andrew Ponting - Robert Pugh
  • Susie Mercier - Debbie Roza
  • Kuba Trzcinski - Christopher Rozycki

Former cast members

Rebecca Wheatley is a British actress and musician. ... Kwame Kwei-Armah (born 1967) is a black British actor, singer and playwright. ... Will Mellor (born 3 April 1976, in Stockport, Cheshire, England) is a British actor and former pop star. ... Maxwell Caulfield (born on November 23, 1959 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a British actor. ... Lisa Coleman (b. ... Christine Stephen-Daly (born 5 December 1973, Melbourne, Australia) is a well known television actress. ... Christopher Colquhoun (born 10 January 1970 in Sheffield, England) is a British actor who trained at RADA. He is most famous for appearing as Simon Kaminski in the BBC drama series Casualty, from 2002 to 2004. ... Sarah Manners (born 25th August 1975, Birmingham, United Kingdom) is a well known British television actress. ... Leanne Wilson (born 1980, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom) is a well known British television actress. ... Lisa Bowerman as Bernice Summerfield Lisa Bowerman is a British actress. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Will Thorp (born 21 June 1977 in Bristol) is a British actor. ...

See also

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External links


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In December 2004, a 2-part special Casualty @ Holby City was broadcast, with the two shows combining to cope with a petrol tanker crashing into the Hospital.
Most of the filming was done on Holby City's interior and exterior sets, as Casualty is filmed in Bristol, whereas Holby City is shot at the BBC Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire.
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